What we learned from the Seahawks’ victory over the Broncos

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  1. Welcome to the GenoCoaster thrill. Jeno Smith Completely called on Monday night, he completed 17 of his 18 first-half passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback who was famous for limiting errors let everything stop in the first two quarters, starting with his first acquisition in Seattle. It started with a streak in which Smith completed his first four passes and capped the drive by dodging a rush to throw a 38-yard touchdown pass into the wide open space will cheat. Smith stood tall in the pocket and quietly handed passes to a number of goals, and though he slipped in the second half, his last streak was still excellent: 23 for 28 and 195 yards, two runs and an 119.5 pass rating. replacing Russell Wilson It’s a daunting task, but Smith definitely got off to a good start, winning the admiration of Seahawks fans everywhere with his Monday night show.
  2. Nathaniel Hackett’s debut was in shambles. Blame the crowd noise that fills a stadium designed to be noisy, or pin it on inexperience and lack of familiarity. Whatever the reason, the result was clear: Denver was disorganized all night long. The Broncos’ attack struggled to get to the goal line throughout the match, and one quick shot caused chaos that left the goal line confused. Oh, and about those missteps: Denver found themselves in goal positions on three possessions in the second half. The results: a loss for dribbling and a field goal. Missed opportunities cost the Broncos at least six points, if not 14. That’s not the worst of it. In the last minute, Denver had another chance to lead the field and take the lead. Facing fourth and fifth, the Broncos reached the scrimmage line and let the clock tick down from one minute to 20 seconds before burning a timeout and setting up for a 64-yard field goal. The kick was left wide by five yards, but Hackett decided to give it another time. As expected, McManus missed the kick. To make matters worse, Hackett, inexplicably, spent his last two periods stopping the clock after two successive kneelings, leading to a staggering mental breakdown that seems only possible to a novice coach. To sum up, Hackett froze, deciding that his team had a better chance of winning a kick that once set an NFL record for as long as possible, than he did by putting the ball in the hands of a future Hall of Famer.
  3. “We Against the World” thrives in Seattle. The Seahawks had every reason to bring emotion to the field on Monday night, and they didn’t shrug off skepticism. When it came time to speak of their actions, they responded in a resounding fashion, crunching their backs against the goal line in three separate possessions to protect their skinny lead. Denver had plenty of opportunities to take the lead in the second half, but each time, he faced a miserly defense that managed to capitalize on two turnovers on the threshold of the end zone. And when things got worse of late, Seattle hit back again, trailing him fourth on the edge of modern football’s field goal range. When McManus’ kick went off target, the job was officially done. Is this a sign of a prosperous season to come? No, but what he does confirm is that the team Pete Carroll is coaching will rise to the occasion and play beyond their capacity. The Seahawks did this offensively for half an hour, and thanks to their defense, they would enjoy the sweet taste of victory for at least 24 hours.
  4. Broncos need to clean things up – and hand the keys to them Jafonte Williams. Denver committed 12 penalties Monday night and missed several scoring opportunities in the second half, falling short of the explosive attack envisioned when the Broncos grabbed Wilson in the off-season. Rather than beat the underdog Seahawks, the Broncos struggled to keep up with the pace, and in the end, they failed to match the feisty Seahawks on the scoreboard. Hackett deserves criticism for his use of Williams as well, as he avoided giving the ball back who runs hard almost every time inside the 10, with one exception. Because Hackett’s offense was not caught in a reasonable amount of time, Williams crashed into a wall of corpses as soon as he took the delivery from Wilson, leaving him vulnerable Oceana NosuWho kicked the ball from his hands. Overall, Denver fed Williams, completing 11 back passes for 65 yards, but only receiving seven passes. This is not enough for the back of the future. The Broncos should take notes on how the ponies turned into Jonathan Taylor In 2021 – and do it sooner rather than later. You can’t afford to lose these kinds of games in the rugged AFC West.
  5. stay tuned Bradley Chubb. The previous Fifth General Selection for the 2018 draft has battled through several injuries in recent years, dampening ambitions of becoming a rallying force at the Broncos. Now in good shape, Chubb appeared on Monday night, scoring two sacks and pressing 17 assists. All the pressure and sacks came in the second half, when Bronco’s defense hit the ball and gave his attack multiple chances to win the match. The production was lopsided when all four seasons were reviewed, but if Chubb could rediscover the ability that made him stand out as a rookie, Denver would have a perfect tandem with Chubb and Randy Gregory.

Next-gen stats for the game: Geno Smith posted a more-than-expected completion rate of 11.1%, the second highest CROE of his career in the Next Generation Era (dating back to 2016, 20 attempts minimum).

NFL Research: Russell Wilson became the second quarterback to win more than 100 franchise games and then lose his first game against the franchise in the Super Bowl era. Another midfielder to do so: Peyton Manning with the Broncos (against the Colts) in 2013.

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